Tired of Starbucks Dates? Exciting First Date Ideas!
How many times have you met a first date for coffee? You sit across from each other, getting all caffeinated, and then what? If you’re not a great conversationalist, you can run out of things to say. It can be awkward just sitting and talking to a stranger. So, while coffee dates are okay for a first meeting, they are far from my favorite venues. I was rattling off a bunch of favorite first dates to a client today, and promised her that I would write up my top five. So, here they are…
Top 5 First Date Venues
1. Museums. I love museums as a first date, not only because I’m an artist. Museums help you get to know someone’s cultural background. They give you insight into how that person sees and experiences the world. Depending on what type of museum you go to, you can either get to know their relationship to history, all genres of art, science, and even their own personal roots. I once went to a museum with a Curious George exhibit on a first date. I got to see his playful side and learned about who he was as a child. This is invaluable information, and much more than you’ll get over coffee!
2. Nature. I love to go out hiking or for a picnic on a first date. If you live in the New York area, I have a few favorites.
a. Walkway Over the Hudson. This footpath over the Hudson River near Newburgh, NY, affords gorgeous views of the river. “The park provides access to the Hudson River’s breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river’s surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.”
b. Piermont-Nyack Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. This is one of my favorite hiking paths. Park at the old Piermont, NY train station, and walk an hour to Nyack, NY. The view along the way is spectacular. The Hudson River is on your right, and lovely estates surround you on both sides. The cities of Piermont and Nyack are worth exploring on either end of your trip. I love the cafes in Nyack, quaint, artsy, and fun!
c. Scenic Hudson Park at Irvington. Only 12 miles from New York City, this park overlooks the Hudson River and has a picnic area as well as a hiking path.
d. Castle Craig and Hubbard Park. This park, about two hours outside of New York City, is worth the trip. At the top of the trail sits the ruins of an old castle. You can climb up to take in the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound as well as the skyline of Hartford, CT. You can picnic by the playground at the base, or hike beautiful trails.
3. Toy Store. Maybe it’s just me, but I love to be playful, and what better way to bring out someone’s playful side than a fun toy store! You can find out a lot about a person when you connect back to their inner child.
4. Fun Activity. I went go-carting on a first date. Fun! Other fun first date activities are bowling, billiards, and arcades.
5. Walking/bus Tour. It’s fun to take an historical walking tour as a first date. In Manhattan, there are also great bus tours, such as the Big Apple Bus tour around Manhattan on a double-decker bus. There’s even a tour called the Fun Bus, where you get a ‘flash-mob’ simulated tour of Manhattan! A bus stops on various city corners where you can experience a staged flash mob performing just for you! Doesn’t that sound like fun?
I hope I’ve given you some great ideas for a first date that rocks!
Please share your own ideas below.